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Staff of the German Consulate General
Staff of the German Consulate General© German Consulate General
Dear visitor,

Welcome to the home page of the German Consulate General in Cape Town – also on behalf of my entire team. As a German Mission abroad, we appreciate the interest you take in our work. All the more so since our country has become a significant partner to the Cape region:

More than 160,000 tourists from Germany visit the region every year (which makes us the 2nd biggest global market for its tourism sector). Germany is the destination of annual exports worth 5bn ZAR from the Cape (which puts us among its top 3 global markets for wine, fruit, and engine parts). And universities from Germany run more than a hundred scientific co-operation programmes with partner institutions in the Cape Provinces.

Maybe you are about to take a trip to Germany, visiting our home page as a prospective visa client. Or you are a student at university, planning to participate in an exchange programme with our country. Maybe you want to find out more about opportunities to do business in Germany with your company. Or you would like to join in our bilateral cultural cooperation.

We are happy to be your point of contact, together with our partners here in the region, such as the Goethe Centre, the German International School Cape Town, or the South African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Please feel free to contact us!

With best regards

Matthias Hansen, Consul General

Consul General Matthias Hansen
Consul General Matthias Hansen© Thomas Trutschel/photothek.net

Matthias Hansen

Born in 1966 in Westerland/Sylt, Germany, married, three children

1985
Higher education entrance qualification (Abitur)
as of 1986
German Armed Forces
1987-1988
Naval Officer Training
1988-1992
Social Science Studies, University of the German Armed Forces Munich
1992-1997
Nautical and Operations Officer in the Fast Patrol Boat Flotilla
1997-1999
Armed Forces’ Youth Information Officer for Lower Bavaria
since 1999
German Foreign Service
1999-2001
Professional Training as Attaché in the Federal Foreign Office, Bonn/Berlin, and at the German Embassy Copenhagen
2001-2002
Federal Foreign Office, Bonn: Tutor and Desk Officer Training Higher Service
2002-2005
German Embassy Stockholm/Sweden: Head of Consular, Cultural, and Economic Section
2005-2008
Federal Foreign Office, Berlin: Political Staff, Desk Officer Cabinet Matters
2008-2011
German Embassy Windhoek/Namibia: Deputy Head of Mission
2011-2015
Federal Foreign Office, Berlin / Federal University of Applied Science for Public Administration: Head of Training Higher Intermediate Foreign Service
2015-2016
Federal Foreign Office, Berlin: Head of Coordination Office “Integrated system for the administration of personnel and organisation”
since 12/2016
German Consul General in Cape Town